It's never too early to start making good decisions. This journal will teach you the how to know Jesus, how to love people well, and why God's design for family makes life better.
A few minutes a day will open up new opportunities to grow in faith and get you moving towards the future you want.
How to Know Jesus
Establish Your Connection: Turn on some worship music and take a few moments to connect with the presence of God. Picture Jesus coming into the room and sitting next to you. What do you need from him? A hug. A kind word?
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Day 1: Journal Pg. 12
Commentary: Ellicott's Commentary says God reveals himself through the inward life of people. Keeping his commands is how we remain in Christ, instead of going our own way. “In him” implies that we are saved by His grace, surrounded by His love, inspired by His thoughts, partakers of His nature, filled by His Spirit, the dwelling-place of the Father and the Son, with certain access to the divine throne and certain answer to prayer, heirs of the heavenly kingdom." (Biblehub.org)
Thought: We are called to walk in the light, which happens when we keep his commands. When we rebel against his commands or we don't keep them, we are not walking in the light.
Reflection: Draw a picture of a yellow road representing the path of light. Then draw choices that could be outside of the path of light.
Day 2: Journal Pg. 13
Thought: Anxiety can be a form of control or pride. Submit your worry to God. Then trust him to take care of you.
Commentary: Matthew Henry's commentary says that anxiety can be burdensome. Sometimes even sinful, when they cause unbelief and torture the mind and hinder our service to God. The remedy is to give our worry to God and believe that God's will is right, letting this truth calm our spirit. (Biblehub.org)
Reflection: Make a list of things that you worry or stress about. Then surrender each one to God.
Day 3: Journal Pg. 14
Thought: God anointed Jesus with the Holy Spirit and with power. This is what made him so powerful.
It can also mean to be set apart, empowered, or protected for divine use. It is meant to empower people to accomplish God's work.
Commentary: Matthew Pool's Commentary says Jesus performed miracles to show mercy, for the benefit and relief of the people. He destroyed the works of the devil, which demonstrated his power and might to redeem from evil. (Biblehub.org)
Question: How are people able to carry out their calling by the anointing of God?
Question: Who or what do you naturally feel drawn to? How could God use you to benefit that thing or person?
Day 4: Journal Pg. 15
Clarification: The Word refers to Jesus in this verse.
Thought: Jesus didn't come to brag about how good or powerful he was. He came to offer people a way to break free of sin by entering into his righteousness by believing in him with our hearts.
Question: Why should people know that Jesus became flesh and dwelt among the people?
How would the world benefit differently from him being on Earth for 33 years, versus momentarily appearing to individuals?
Day 5: Journal Pg. 16
Thought: Imagine someone you made cookies. They added a few drops of diarrhea to the batter. Even a few small drops changes the batter. Jesus doesn't have any unrighteousness in him.
Question: How does even a little sin affect our lives?
Commentary: Expositor's Greek Testament says that there are two different types of teachers. The first teaches his own ideas and does not represent God or reveal God's thoughts because he wants his own recognition. The second truthfully delivers God's message for God's glory. Jesus had no unrighteousness in him. (Biblehub.org)
Question: Why do you think Jesus gave us the example of doing everything for God's glory?
Thinking about television. How does it affect people when they become celebrities?
When is it acceptable for believers to do things for their own recognition?
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